Prince Announces Two New Albums and Delivers First Single, ‘Clouds’ @3rdEyeGirl @3rdEyeBoy

This is awesome news!  After releasing a string of hot singles over the past few years, the Purple 1 announced 2 new albums today plus a new amazing song called ‘Clouds.’  We are really digging this and cannot wait for both LPs. Read more of this post

Ashford and Simpson – Is It Still Good to Ya? [RARE VIDEO]

Ashford and Simpson Is It Still Good To Ya

Ashford and Simpson – Is It Still Good to Ya?

Honoring the life of Nick Ashford, the couple performs one of their duets together. This rare video shows the dynamic love that they shared over the course of the decades. It is this love that influenced their musicality throughout the years. Enjoy this wonderful moment of absolute devotion.
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Amatus – Broken Compass [FULL STREAM] @Amatus23

Amatus - Broken Compass

Amatus – Broken Compass

We are in a day and age where Alt R&B reigns, and we couldn’t be happier! Amatus is a singer whose talents have gone unnoticed. But to be sure, she has the juice! This EP Broken Compass is melodic and underscored by Amatus’ spirited voice. Musically, this album has obvious R&B soul influence, but there is the unmistakable riff of guitars that really hold this piece together. Stream the full EP below! And thanks to our friends at Afropunk who put her on our radar!
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#tbt One O’clock Jump With Count Basie [SHORT VIDEO]

One O'Clock Jump With Count Basie

One O’clock Jump With Count Basie

Today is the Count’s birthday. Without Count Basie big band, swing, and blues era music would not have been the same. A star in his own right he performed alongside the Rat Pack greats and even helped to give a young Quincy Jones start. We want to take the time today to show some birthday love to this magnanimous talent. Enjoy this short clip of his from the film Reveille with Beverly.
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Lauryn Hill Exudes “Black Rage”. Yasss! [FULL DOWNLOAD] #BlackProtestMusic @MsLaurynHill

Lauryn Hill Exudes Black Rage

Lauryn Hill Exudes “Black Rage”

You have to love Lauryn Hill! Whenever she produces new music, it’s an important contribution to soul music. Her latest song “Black Rage” captures the zeitgeist of the moment. Saying that “rage is found in all denial of self”, Hill has that incredible, perceptive ability to tap into the nerve of Black existence. While this song has been a part of her live performance set since at least 2012, this is the first recording of it for public consumption. Written to the tune of “My Favorite Things”, this song totally subverts the merriness of Sound of Music, replacing that honey blondness with a fitting, haunting, Black melancholy. Download this full song below and read the lyrics. It is nation time!
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Tiara Thomas – One Night [FULL STREAM] @Tiara_Thomas

Tiara Thomas - One Night

Tiara Thomas – One Night.

Tiara is a promising force in the music industry! After her hit song “Tell Me Something” from the smart Dear Sallie Maewe knew she had staying power. She made our list for Top 20 Artists to Watch in 2014, in large part because of her ability to both sing and spit on the same track. “One Night” is a song about a woman taking her satisfaction into her own hands, divorced from ideas that limit a limits a woman’s appetite. It has a funky, 90s R&B snare to it, with Thomas splicing between her raspy singing voice and edgy rapping voice. Check this out and groove to it!
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B.o.B. Responds to #MikeBrown with “New Black” [FULL STREAM] @BobATL #BlackProtestMusic

B.oB. Responds to #MikeBrown with New Black

B.o.B. Responds to #MikeBrown with “New Black”. The powerful hip-hop star from Atlanta is furthering the conversation of the injustices that have occurred surrounding the murder of Mike Brown. More than just mourning the lost of Mr. Brown, B.o.B. encourages Black people to new action, discussing the need for Black cooperative economics. “New Black” reminds us all of the many faces and talents of Bobby Ray. Stream the full song below!
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Roscoe Dash Presents Three Kings One Crown 3 [FULL DOWNLOAD] @3KCovers

Roscoe Dash Presents Three Kings One Crown 3

Roscoe Dash presents Three Kings on their new mixtape, One Crown 3. These young cats have joined together for the third time to produce new age hip hop with lyrics that explore the mind of hard workers and hustlers. Replete with incredible guest spots from folks like August Alsina, Young Thug, and Edai, this is one of he hardest going mixtapes of the summer. Download it here!
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Quest – Hunger FULL STREAM @YesIamQuESt

We usually don’t love the super fast flow of some MCs, but this one broke through the clutter. Miami MC Quest is doing his thing. Strong delivery, beat and overall fun listen.  Dig. Read more of this post

Journey into Jhene Aiko’s “Spotless Mind” [FREE MP3 DOWNLOAD]

Journey into Jhene Aiko's "Spotless Mind"

Journey into Jhene Aiko’s “Spotless Mind”. Jhene Aiko’s sprightly voice has made her one of the most sizzling acts of the past few years. The new song “Spotless Mind” further displays Aiko’s talents. You can listen to the full song here and get a download of the song! Also, her debut album Souled Out is now available for pre-order!
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Chris Brown Ignites “New Flame” with Usher and Rick Ross [FULL VIDEO] [FULL MP3 Download]

Chris Brown Ignites New Flame with Usher and Rick Ross

Chris Brown’s return to the music industry is setting things ablaze. After a small stint in jail, he was released late in the spring and is reportedly staying out of trouble. As evidence of this progress, he has released a new music video for his song “New Flame”. Featured in the song are Usher and Rick Ross, and the video even includes a cameo of Tyga. Enjoy the song and killer dance moves below!
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Lil Wayne and Drake Stay “Grindin” [FULL STREAM] @Drake @LilTunechi

Lil Wayne and Drake Stay Grindin

The YMCMB rappers bill at the top of their imprints’ name. With over 15 years in the mainstream industry, Lil Wayne points out that he has been “grinding” all this time-. His protegee Drake cosigns with the featured guest spot. Check out the full song here!
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Mile High – Highlighting the Best of Denver Hip Hop by Solomon Words @sologeeohdee @DKakaWayneWatts @SedrickAvenue @djlowkey @FdotLawless


As an artist, I am proud of my hometown of Denver. Even while living in Brooklyn, I represented to the fullest! There’s more to the Mile High City then just copious amounts of weed *passes blunt* and the Rocky Mountains, we have an elevated music scene as well and it’s going nowhere but up.

Denver is home to some of the most talented artists that I respect and are progressing our hip-hop scene to new levels. In the words of the late great Notorious B.I.G. “The Sky’s the Limit” and these five brothers I have the opportunity to present are on the verge of living beyond the clouds.

-Solomon Words

Be sure to click on the picture to hear their music or learn more about the artists!

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Rickstar Hopes To Get You “Under The Influence” [FULL DOWNLOAD]

Rickstar Hopes to Get You Under The Influence

Some of the best new music we’ve heard in a nice, long while! Rickstar is a Southern London singer who has both American and UK influences. The short EP demonstrates both of those influences, with a combination of 80s and 90s soul and indie rock flair. Only five tracks long, we wish it were more. You can download the whole tape here!
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J Cole Publicly Mourns Mike Brown and Calls for Freedom [FULL STREAM] #MikeBrown #Ferguson #BlackProtestMusic

J Cole Be Free

In light of the tragic happenings this week, Black celebrities have been contributing mostly via twitter their shock and awe. Most notably, John Legend and Donald Glover have been very vocal about how they feel about this shameful acts. But J. Cole has taken it one step further, creating a somber song surrounding the death of Mike Brown. Penetrating even beyond this situation, he is channeling the spirit of a downtrodden Black man. Listen to “Be Free” and share it with your friends and family!
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Take a Break and “Baila Conmigo” – Rany Leroy ft Dibo D [FULL STREAM] @RandyLeroyMusic

Take a Break and Baila Conmigo

The soul diaspora is deep and reaches into stretches of Latin America. Randy Leroy is an artist exhibiting this dual identity. His song “Baila Conmigo” is light, refreshing, and beautifully orchestrated. Take a small break to enjoy this song.
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That’s What the World is Today! #Ferguson #BlackProtestMusic

That's What the World is Today! #Ferguson #BlackProtestMusic

It’s been 44 years since The Temptations released this record. And yet, it’s still as poignant, passionate, and painful as ever. As we look over the past month, in the wake of the deaths of Eric Garner, John Crawford, Mike Brown, and Ezell Ford, our hearts cry out in deep pain and sorrow. The plight of Black people in this nation, and indeed people of color around the world, is harrowing. At times, it is easy to want to completely throw in the towel and succumb to the dark pressures. But as our forefathers before us, we strive, we move forward.

As we make sense of this world, we at soulhead are committed to nourishing your weary souls with the same protest music that sustained a generation. Stand strong.
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“Nabuma Rubberband” Songs Decoded by Yukimi [FULL VIDEO] @LittleDragon

Nabuma Rubberdand Decoded

Little Dragon is the most unique band in existence today in the soul family tree. Not only are they so diverse, but their voice and styling is distinct. Their lyrics are poignant, passionate…and sometimes confusing! However, singer Yukimi Nagani gives answers to the groups’ songs in this short video. As believed, their music is an allegory, telling the story of the land and society as is.

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DJ Khaled – Hold You Down ft. Chris Brown, August Alsina, Jeremih and Future

DJ Khaled - Hold You Down

DJ Khaled decided to bring the most magnetic voices of R&B-oriented pop for this relationship, “Hold You Down”. Glorifying the idea of devoted partner, “Hold You Down” finds Chris Brown, August Alsina, Jeremih, and Future together on one track. Indeed, it almost seems impossible an occurence, and yet here the gang is! Give this song a listen.
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